(CNN) – Four candidates will be on the stage in West Virginia Monday night for the first and possibly only debate in the battle for an open Senate seat in that Democrats have controlled for over half a century.
The debate, in Morgantown, West Virginia includes Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democrat's nominee, businessman John Raese, the Republican nominee, Jess Johnson of the Mountain Party and Jesse Becker of the Constitution Party. A crowded stage with four candidates would seem to help Manchin, a popular two-term governor.
"Manchin isn't the incumbent, but he's the de-facto incumbent - the 800 pound gorilla in the race. Anytime the anti-Manchin/anti-Obama/anti-Pelosi vote divides, it helps Manchin, says Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report.
(CNN) - A new poll indicates that Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia leads his Republican challenger by double digits in the battle over an open Senate held by the Democrats for over half a century.
According to a Marshall University poll released Friday, 48 percent of likely voters in West Virginia support the popular two-term governor, with 38 percent backing businessman John Raese, the GOP nominee, and 12 percent undecided.
Other recent polls suggest a closer contest, including a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday that indicated the two candidates were dead even at 44 percent.
(CNN) - A new poll indicates the Senate battle in West Virginia is dead even, where the GOP hopes to capture a seat held by the Democrats for over half a century.
According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday, 44 percent of likely voters support popular two-term Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democratic nominee, with an equal amount backing businessman John Raese, the Republican nominee. Five percent of those questioned support Jesse Johnson of the Mountain Party and three percent are undecided.
(CNN) – It's not every day a politician literally puts a bullet through a piece of legislation.
But West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, the state's Democratic Senate nominee, does just that in a new ad that rails against several of President Barack Obama's policies.
"I'll take on Washington and this administration to get the federal government off of our backs and out of our pockets," says Manchin as he is seen loading a rifle.
(CNN) - Call Bill Clinton the Democrat's go to guy this election year, and this week he's going to make a lot of stops on the campaign trail.
The former president starts Monday in Kentucky, where he teams up with Jack Conway, the state's attorney general and the Democratic Senate nominee. The former president headlines a Conway rally in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky and separately help Conway raise campaign cash at a fundraiser. Conway is battling Republican nominee Rand Paul to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning.
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
West Virginia-01: Rep. Alan Mollohan ousted in primary
Primary: May 11, 2010
Location: Northern West Virginia
Days until Election Day: 22
Veteran Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan's primary defeat may have actually improved his party's chances of holding on to this historically Democratic West Virginia seat.
(Updated 7:49 p.m. ET with NRSC response)
(CNN) - Gov. Joe Manchin, West Virginia's Democratic Senate nominee, was the target of an ad controversy this week, and now he's retaliating.
Manchin's opponent, Republican John Raese, aired a video that showed three West Virginia voters saying Manchin should stay "right here in West Virginia." But, they weren't West Virginia voters, and they weren't even in West Virginia. Instead, the spot was shot in Philadelphia, and the three men were hired actors. The casting notice for the ad, which was paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called for actors with a "'Hicky' Blue Collar look," sparking outrage from Democrats.
(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee is again attacking Democratic Senate candidate and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin for his ties to Washington and President Obama's policies.
(CNN) -Former President Bill Clinton's heading to West Virginia Monday, to try and keep in party hands a seat that the Democrats have held for more than half a century.
Gov. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he would be joined by the former President Monday at a rally in Morgantown, West Virginia.
UPDATE 11:00 a.m. ET: The NRSC has removed the ad from YouTube.
(CNN) – An ad out this week that's financed by National Republicans portrays three West Virginia voters in a rustic-looking diner declaring that Gov. Joe Manchin, the Democrat's Senate nominee, should stay "right here in West Virginia."
But there is one caveat: The ad was shot at least 250 miles east of the state, in Philadelphia, and features not actual West Virginians, but paid actors instead. And to look the part of a West Virginian, the talent agency in charge of casting for the spot sent out a call for a "'Hicky' Blue Collar look."